In the X window system, a window manager controls the way your desktop works, including how the windows look and act.

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Windows 8 style window manager for Linux

Are there any windows managers out there for Linux that offers the "metro" style window management that Windows 8 offers? Actually it's not just Windows 8 that offers the style I'm looking for. iOS, ...
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Setting the window dimensions of a running application

I'm trying to start an application within Ubuntu (xfce or gnome) and via the command line and was wondering if there's a generic way to set the dimensions of a given window of a given app that is ...
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What is the difference between a Console, Shell, Terminal, Terminal emulator, Terminal multiplexer, and a Window manager?

For example. What is the difference between a default 'interface/console' of FreeBSD/archlinux, vs Terminal, vs Terminal emulator like Xterm, vs Terminal multiplexer like tmux, vs Window manager like ...
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How to force Gnome's WM (metacity) to open a program window on a specific monitor?

I need to configure a dual-head machine using Debian 6 (and, hence, Gnome 2.30.2 and xrandr 1.3.3) so that it opens applications reliably on a certain screen. While it is trivial to move normal ...
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gVim opening a tab pushes status line out of window

When opening a new tab in gVim (with :tabe), the status line at the bottom of the screen disappears. If I press : and start typing a command I can no longer see the command on the status line. When ...
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Is there a way to completely get rid of notifications in KDE 4.6?

I don't like, don't care about, don't want notifications from my window manager. Ever. Example: Since I manually removed the virtuoso-t package, my computer doesn't spend ages trying to index its own ...
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Unity: Stop Dock Repopulation at Restart

Unity is currently the default window manager on my system, a window manager that's available for many Linux distributions, meaning this question isn't Ubuntu-specific. I have disabled the dock's ...
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Fullscreen game messes with my xrandr dual-monitor setup

I have Gentoo Linux, the Awesome window manager and an open-source ATI driver. Here's my xorg.conf: Section "Files" #ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules" FontPath ...
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Running Plasmoid under NOTKDE (e.g. Fluxbox) - Plasma/DeviceNotifier

Is there way to run Plasma/DeviceNotifier under another WM to KWin/KDE (e.g. Fluxbox). To be more specific, I have currently configured KDE, but I work remotely thorough SSH -Y + X-forwarding. So ...
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How can I use GNOME's keyboard settings in Fluxbox?

My GNOME keyboard settings do two main things: Switch CMD and CTRL (I'm on a Macbook) Give me a third level (for special characters) This is really the only functionality I'm missing in Fluxbox. ...
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How to disable Application Menu in XFCE?

I have just installed i3 as a Window Manager, and I feel the keyboard shortcuts and the integrated status bar are sufficient to manage my open applications, view the time, etc. In other words, I'd ...
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Is it possible to control window management in Gnome Shell using D-Bus?

I would like to programmatically be able to communicate with the Window Manager in Gnome 3, using D-Bus. The tasks I would like to accomplish are: listening for new windows get window flags (e.g. ...
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ratpoison keyboard shortcut conflicts

I recently installed ratpoison as my first real foray into tiling window managers. The first problem I ran into is that the Ctrl-t keybinding used for ratpoison commands conflicts with those of other ...
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I want my Ubuntu 9.04/9.10 back, is there any current similar distro?

I was switching to Linux in the optimal time, around Ubuntu 9.04/9.10. I am a programmer, so I don't want to be a "Linux guru", that's why Ubuntu was perfect for me - until Unity/Gnome3. In latest ...
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Easily switching over to a dynamic window manager from KDE

I've been using KDE on Opensuse for some time now and I feel like improving performance and using the most of my dual screens. I discovered tiling window managers and thought it would be a cool thing ...
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Alternatives to FVWM window manager?

I've been using FVWM for over a decade, and for some time I've been concerned that the window manager is dying a slow death. I realize that 2.6.0 just came out a few days ago, and ironically that is ...
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Get current Virtual Desktop - number/name/tag/id?

How to get number and/or name (or tag/id... etc) of currently used virtual desktop ? Command line, scripting, C/C++ solutions allowed (, while portable to C/C++ are preferred). ;) I'm mostly ...
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Difference between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment?

What exactly is the difference between between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment? E.g.: sawfish vs. gnome.
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Do I need a desktop to run a GUI?

I am setting up a lightweight VM, following the guide in the Ubuntu Documentation What I want to be able to do is ssh into the VM and then launch a GUI application. I don't need / want a desktop. ...
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Invert colors of the active window

Sometimes I work in low light and I need to invert the color of specific windows to reduce my eye strain. This could be my pdf viewer to web pages for reference work. I know how to invert the entire ...
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Scripting window behavior in KDE to depend on monitor being used

I plug my laptop into a number of different monitors, all of which have aspect ratios not supported by my laptop. I want the built-in and plug-in monitors to be at their maximum respective resolutions ...
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In Openbox, is it possible to execute a command in a matching window, or open a new one if no match exists?

Essentially, I'm looking for a way to keep one terminal open running tmux, and open new windows inside of the session rather than spawning new terminals. On pushing a key sequence, I'd like to open a ...
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Can a WM raise or lower windows?

Judging from window management on Linux (at least on Ubuntu using Gnome with Compiz), windows are organised in a stack. Switching to a window other than the one in focus will bring the former on top ...
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Does window minimizing free memory usage?

Both the undisplayed maximized window and minimized window are invisible to the end user. By undisplayed I mean an inactive maximized window covered by the active window. There is a difference ...
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Scroll between tags in Awesome WM

How can I add smooth scrolling between tags in the Awesome WM? I realize I can't run compiz with Awesome. Is there something comparable that I can run? I don't need any other effects, switching ...
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Window Manager for TV

I have Ubuntu installed on my computer, which is hooked up to my TV. I have tweaked some of Gnome's settings to make it easier to use from my couch (display larger fonts, increase the size of the ...
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Emacs and windows manager keyboard shortcuts without “Super” key

I found a classic M-series keyboard and I want to use it. However, it does not have the "Windows" key (a.k.a "Super"), only the Shift, Control and Alt modifiers. My keyboard shortcuts are cluttered ...
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How to launch a GTK program centered on the screen?

I'm trying to launch xcalc from the command line, in my embedded Unix, and I would like it to start centered on the screen, is there a way? By the way, I'm using WindowMaker, if it makes any ...
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Different Desktop for Different Users

How do I (if possible) set different default desktop environments for different users in linux? e.g. when user X login, Gnome Shell starts, when user Y login, Gnome starts. (I'm using ubuntu if it ...
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Problem with xmobar

I'm setting up an xmonad window manager and I came across following problem - when I try to configure xmobar and run it it shows: xmobar: .xmobarrc: configuration file contains errors! Usage: xmobar ...
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Mutter and Intel GMA 4500MHD

I am trying to use Mutter with my Intel GMA 4500MHD (on my Thinkpad T400) in Debian Wheezy. However, it says: Not using GLX TFP and some effects get very slow. How can I fix that?
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How can I press key of “keycode 53” every minute in X?

I want to automate my typing. I can use window managers such as gnome and fvwm. I can access to ubuntu and obsd.
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Tiling windows in GNOME

How can I get tiling windows in GNOME?
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Theming in tiling window managers?

I am trying out tiling window managers like scrotWM, and have noticed that GUI programs start with a "theme" (or lack, thereof) that looks like the bland Redmond theme. Is there a way to specify the ...
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Can you tell a window to spawn behind others?

I have a script that recompiles and relaunches a software project I am building in linux. However, I don't usually want to see my program's window immediately after it has launched, as I want to keep ...
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What are the kernel, the “GNU tools and utilities”, the shell and the Window Manager?

Among the many components of a Linux system, I find myself confused (as a newbie) about what exactly is the kernel or what is GNU's part. I understand some basic concepts of this, but where is the ...
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How to make Mutter default window manager

I'm running Debian Squeeze and removed Metacity in favor of Mutter. How do I avoid having to run mutter --replace each time I start Xorg (GNOME)?
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Need a programmers advice on *X display manager, window manager and composit manager combination

First of all: I asked this question on SuperUser, when I wasn't thinking about a StackExchange Site for Linux-related questions. So if this violates any rules please feel free to close. I have ...
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Drag and drop between windows in tiling i.e. minimalist WMs?

Do any any minimal WMs, like scrotwm or xmonad (OR any others), support drag and drop between windows out of the box? If so which? If not, is there a way to enable such functionality? A classic ...
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Manage Windows in different ways on different workspaces/activites in KDE 4.5 possible?

I'm just wondering if it's possible to on one workspace (or maybe activity) to use Tiling, and use normal management on another, maybe change some grouping settings on another.
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unable to change window name openbox

I am using openbox and usually, I have a lot of windows on the screen. One window for the browser and a couple of windows to run a few terminals. The problem is that, when they are minimized, I am not ...
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How to identify which xterm a shell or process is running in?

I usually use long running X sessions with several virtual desktops and many many xterms. I also use job control in the shell (zsh). Sometimes I wish I could identify an xterm a shell or process is ...
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The most light-weight Compiz compatible environment?

I require Compiz for organizational reasons; I make heavy use of its window sorting features. But I like light-weight environments so that I can give as much of my system's resources to the ...
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What are the user interface subsystems, their components and responsibilities?

I am trying to understand the different subsystems that are in charge of the user interface, the terminology to refer to them, and how they are structured; so far I know there are: At the top level: ...